40x Escape


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Tricky40x Escape"A door firmly locked. But do you have what it takes to escape? 40x times." Such is the introduction to 40x Escape, Bart Bonte's point-and-click puzzle entry to the escape-themed Casual Gameplay Design Competition #10. The aforementioned quote unfortunately doesn't parse as a haiku (cue syllable finger-counting), and "40x times" is probably as redundant a phrase as "ATM Machine", but it gives you everything you need to know: there is a door in front of you. You'll need to get through ones like it forty times, if you hope to escape. Also, there's a bird with you. He won't be much help though. Because, y'know... he's a bird, and he apparently didn't learn his lesson the last time you helped him escape.

In each of the forty screens of 40x Escape, you must determine the proper sequence of mouse actions that will cause the door to open. Oftentimes, it is directly related to getting the ESCAPE sign above the door to light up all its green letters. Sometimes it will require direct clicking of those letters, other times there will be buttons for you to fiddle with, other times there will be a combination or password to input, and still other times you'll need to get creative with mouse movement. Get though all forty, and you can spend the rest of the afternoon contemplating what exactly the architecture of the building you just escaped was. (Seriously, is it like a long hallway of forty rooms, one after another, or rather, are the rooms nested in each other, like some kind of matryoshka doll? But I digress.)

40x EscapeAnalysis: We've seen games like 40x Escape before. Structurally, it bears construction similar to the ClickPlay and This Is The Only Level series. In terms of mechanics, it owes a bit to God Tower-style online riddle games. And, of course, DOOORS and 100 Floors have seen great success on the iOS platform. But really, one of the main reasons we enjoy Bart Bonte's work here at JayIsGames is that, whatever game genre he puts his mind to, his trademark style makes it all his own.

Polished is the word that immediately comes to mind while playing 40x Escape. The "escape" concept is boiled down to its barest essences in a presentation that is clean, engaging, and accessible. It's a back-to-basics approach that strips away the sometimes complex and unintuitive puzzles that may scare casual players off from the escape games. There is room in the great world of casual-playdom for high-quality introductory games, and just as other works by Bonte have found great popularity in kid-oriented game portals, so too one suspects 40x Escape will as well. It's just the thing to get grade-schoolers acclimated to the escape game concept, so they will be prepared when they inevitably become full-on addicted to Submachinery and Darkened Rooms (and we at JayIsGames are always in favor of getting 'em hooked while they're still young. Mwah ha ha.)

Of course, the danger with a back-to-basics approach is that it can come off as, well, basic. While, of course, what kinds of puzzles each person will find difficult is subjective in the extreme, 40x Escape probably won't pose much of a challenge to experienced escapees. There is something exhilarating about gunning through variations on a simple theme, but 40x Escape could stand a little more variety in how it tries to stump the player. Perhaps making into 30x Escape would have tightened up things a little, but who can say? 40x Escape is what it is: a quality time-waster from a quality designer, and a CGDC #10 crowd-pleaser.

Author's Theme interpretation:

"Escape, you know... 40 times :)" -Bart Bonte

Pastel Games' feedback:

"Nice idea and well executed. I love the bird."

"You need to disable right click menu and the TAB key."

"The game gets a bit repetitive after a while. Maybe you could change the colors of the rooms, so we get a slight impression that we're moving forward with each door."

"The pause button doesn't pause the game, but returns it to the main menu. The hell. I know you can hit "continue", but still, it's not good idea to taunt the player like that. Besides - this game doesn't need pause. If you go away from the screen - nothing happens. Pausing is pointless."

"I'd prefer less levels, let's say 10 or 20 but more diversified. Different backgrounds, different objects and you could also use the bird a bit more." -Mateusz Skutnik.

"I like it even so it's nothing original. Puzzles are not too easy or too difficult, love Mr Bird. Simple, cute, fun!" -Karol Konwerski.


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40xEscape Walkthrough

Level 1

  • Press the button on the wall 6 times.

Level 2

  • Press all the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to light them green.

Level 3

  • Press all the buttons in numeric order: 1-2-3-4-5-6.

Level 4

  • Press the left button to light up one letter at a time.

  • Press the right button to lock a letter so that it stays green.

  • Repeat the process until all of the letters are lit.

Level 5

  • Read the sign "This X"

  • Note the number of the level under the bird, 5xEscape.

  • Press the buttons to spell out the word f-i-v-e.

Level 6

  • Wait for the green bulb on the wall to light up.

  • Quickly press all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to turn them green before the bulb flashes off.

  • If the bulb goes dark, you will have to wait for it to light again before you can change the rest of the letters.

Level 7

  • Click all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to change them to the color green.

Level 8

  • Rotate the white square tiles to arrange them into the shape of the number 8.

  • Screenshot.

Level 9

  • Keep your cursor completely still until all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 10

  • Read the sign that says "PEACE".

  • Spell out "PEACE" by lighting all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" except for the letter S.

Level 11

  • Note the level number at the bottom of the screen, 11.

  • Press the buttons on the wall to spell out the word e-l-e-v-e-n.

Level 12

  • Click a letter in the word "ESCAPE" to turn it green, then click the button on the wall to keep that letter lit.

  • Repeat the process until every letter is green.

Level 13

  • Study the picture underneath the combination lock.

  • Note the number of sides each shape has, starting with the largest shape and ending with the smallest.

  • The square has 4 sides, the pentagon has 5 sides, and the triangle has 3 sides.

  • Enter the combination 4-5-3.

Level 14

  • Read the sign that says "Knock knock knock".

  • Click three times on the door.

Level 15

  • Click the letters to light up the word "ESCAPE"; if you touch one letter, it will also affect any adjacent letters on its left or right sides.

    • Click only the letter S and the letter P to turn the whole sign green.

Level 16

  • Read the sign under the lock - each number refers to a letter of the alphabet, so A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc.

    • 5 = E, 19 = S, 3 = C, 1 = A, 16 = P.

    • Spell the word ESCAPE on the lock.

Level 17

  • Click the letters to change their color, then find the one color they all have in common.

    • Change all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to the color yellow.

Level 18

  • Read the sign that says "hold on".

  • Press and hold the button until all of the letters in "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 19

  • The first 6 buttons each select a letter in "ESCAPE" going from left to right.

  • The last button on the right turns the selected letter on or off.

  • So to light up the whole sign, you'll have to press the buttons in order of 1-7, 2-7, 3-7, etc.

Level 20

  • Read the sign that says "20!"

  • Change the letters on the lock to spell out the word t-w-e-n-t-y.

Level 21

  • Keep your cursor constantly moving until all of the letters in "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 22

  • Note the number of the level at the bottom of the screen.

  • Light up the sections of the sign on the right side of the door to make the shape of the number 22.

  • Screenshot.

Level 23

  • Click the letters to light up the word "ESCAPE"; if you touch one letter, it will light up the letters beside it but will not change the letter you clicked.

  • Press the following letters in order to solve the puzzle: left E, S, P, right E.

Level 24

  • Read the sign under the buttons that says "new" and "news".

  • The sign refers to the cardinal directions, North, South, East, and West.

    • So the order of the first word is North-East-West and the order of the second word is North-East-West-South.

    • Note how the top button is labeled with the letter n.

    • Press the buttons in order to solve the puzzle: Up, Right, Left, Up, Right, Left, Down.

Level 25

  • Read the sign that says "neo neni vife".

    • Unscramble the words to find the message one nine five.

    • Enter 1-9-5 into the lock to open the door.

Level 26

  • Read the sign that says "SEE PAC!".

  • Press the letters in the word "ESCAPE" in the same order as the letters on the sign S-E-E-P-A-C.

Level 27

  • Read the sign that says "4x4".

  • Going from the left side, press the fourth button four times.

Level 28

  • Press and hold the button to the right of the door.

  • The longer you hold the button down, the longer the green bulb will stay lit.

  • While the bulb is lit, change the letters in "ESCAPE" to the color green to open the door.

Level 29

  • Read the sign that says "total".

  • What's the total amount of doors to escape?

    • Enter the number 040 into the lock.

Level 30

  • Use the buttons to light all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE".

  • Click the left button to select a letter, then click the right button to turn the selected letter on or off.

  • Press the left button once to select the first letter, E, press it twice to select the second letter S, press it three times to select the third letter C, etc.

Level 31

  • Read the sign that says "we see".

  • Note the bottom button is labeled with the letter n.

  • This is another compass level, but the positions of the cardinal directions have been inverted.

  • So the order of the first word is West-East and the order of the second word is South-East-East.

  • Press the buttons in the following order to open the door: Right, Left, Up, Left, Left.

Level 32

  • Read the sign that says "roufwotneves".

  • Unscramble the letters to spell out four two seven.

  • Enter the combination 4-2-7 into the lock.

Level 33

  • Light all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE".

  • Clicking one letter will also affect another letter that is two spaces over to the left or right, but not change the letter directly next to it.

    • To open the door, press only the letter C and the letter A.

Level 34

  • Press the left button to light the first letter in "ESCAPE.

  • Clicking the far right button will move the light one letter to the right and clicking the middle button will move the light one letter to the left.

  • Start by clicking the left button to light the left E, then press the right button to move it all the way to the right E.

  • Click the left button to light the left E again, ten press the right button to move it to the letter P this time.

  • Repeat the process until all of the letters are lit.

Level 35

  • Read the sign that says "123..."

  • Note how there are a series of buttons labeled with the letters o, t, f, s, e, and n.

    • The buttons represent the first letters of the all the words from one to ten.

    • Press them in numeric order to open the door: o-t-t-f-f-s-s-e-n-t.

Level 36

  • Read the sign that says "4x knock up".

  • You have to knock upwards on the door by clicking the bottom and then gradually clicking higher.

Level 37

  • Read the sign that says "1x1, 2x2".

  • From left to right, click the first letter E once, the second letter S twice, the third letter C three times, the fourth letter A four times, the fifth letter P five times, and the sixth letter E six times

Level 38

  • Read the sign that says "40x".

  • Light the sections of the lock to spell out the word "ESCAPE".

  • Screenshot.

Level 39

  • Use the buttons to light up all of the letters in "ESCAPE".

  • Press the middle button to turn on the letter A.

  • Click the left button to move the light left, or click the right button to move it right.

  • Continue to click the middle button to turn on the letter A again and move the light left or right until all of the letters are lit.

Level 40

  • Note the buttons labeled with various letters and numbers.

  • Press the buttons in order to spell out the title of the game, 4-0-x-e-s-c-a-p-e.

  • Congratulations, you win!

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40xEscape Walkthrough

Level 1

  • Press the button on the wall 6 times.

Level 2

  • Press all the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to light them green.

Level 3

  • Press all the buttons in numeric order: 1-2-3-4-5-6.

Level 4

  • Press the left button to light up one letter at a time.

  • Press the right button to lock a letter so that it stays green.

  • Repeat the process until all of the letters are lit.

Level 5

  • Read the sign "This X"

  • Note the number of the level under the bird, 5xEscape.

  • Press the buttons to spell out the word f-i-v-e.

Level 6

  • Wait for the green bulb on the wall to light up.

  • Quickly press all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to turn them green before the bulb flashes off.

  • If the bulb goes dark, you will have to wait for it to light again before you can change the rest of the letters.

Level 7

  • Click all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to change them to the color green.

Level 8

  • Rotate the white square tiles to arrange them into the shape of the number 8.

  • Screenshot.

Level 9

  • Keep your cursor completely still until all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 10

  • Read the sign that says "PEACE".

  • Spell out "PEACE" by lighting all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" except for the letter S.

Level 11

  • Note the level number at the bottom of the screen, 11.

  • Press the buttons on the wall to spell out the word e-l-e-v-e-n.

Level 12

  • Click a letter in the word "ESCAPE" to turn it green, then click the button on the wall to keep that letter lit.

  • Repeat the process until every letter is green.

Level 13

  • Study the picture underneath the combination lock.

  • Note the number of sides each shape has, starting with the largest shape and ending with the smallest.

  • The square has 4 sides, the pentagon has 5 sides, and the triangle has 3 sides.

  • Enter the combination 4-5-3.

Level 14

  • Read the sign that says "Knock knock knock".

  • Click three times on the door.

Level 15

  • Click the letters to light up the word "ESCAPE"; if you touch one letter, it will also affect any adjacent letters on its left or right sides.

    • Click only the letter S and the letter P to turn the whole sign green.

Level 16

  • Read the sign under the lock - each number refers to a letter of the alphabet, so A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc.

    • 5 = E, 19 = S, 3 = C, 1 = A, 16 = P.

    • Spell the word ESCAPE on the lock.

Level 17

  • Click the letters to change their color, then find the one color they all have in common.

    • Change all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE" to the color yellow.

Level 18

  • Read the sign that says "hold on".

  • Press and hold the button until all of the letters in "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 19

  • The first 6 buttons each select a letter in "ESCAPE" going from left to right.

  • The last button on the right turns the selected letter on or off.

  • So to light up the whole sign, you'll have to press the buttons in order of 1-7, 2-7, 3-7, etc.

Level 20

  • Read the sign that says "20!"

  • Change the letters on the lock to spell out the word t-w-e-n-t-y.

Level 21

  • Keep your cursor constantly moving until all of the letters in "ESCAPE" are lit.

Level 22

  • Note the number of the level at the bottom of the screen.

  • Light up the sections of the sign on the right side of the door to make the shape of the number 22.

  • Screenshot.

Level 23

  • Click the letters to light up the word "ESCAPE"; if you touch one letter, it will light up the letters beside it but will not change the letter you clicked.

  • Press the following letters in order to solve the puzzle: left E, S, P, right E.

Level 24

  • Read the sign under the buttons that says "new" and "news".

  • The sign refers to the cardinal directions, North, South, East, and West.

    • So the order of the first word is North-East-West and the order of the second word is North-East-West-South.

    • Note how the top button is labeled with the letter n.

    • Press the buttons in order to solve the puzzle: Up, Right, Left, Up, Right, Left, Down.

Level 25

  • Read the sign that says "neo neni vife".

    • Unscramble the words to find the message one nine five.

    • Enter 1-9-5 into the lock to open the door.

Level 26

  • Read the sign that says "SEE PAC!".

  • Press the letters in the word "ESCAPE" in the same order as the letters on the sign S-E-E-P-A-C.

Level 27

  • Read the sign that says "4x4".

  • Going from the left side, press the fourth button four times.

Level 28

  • Press and hold the button to the right of the door.

  • The longer you hold the button down, the longer the green bulb will stay lit.

  • While the bulb is lit, change the letters in "ESCAPE" to the color green to open the door.

Level 29

  • Read the sign that says "total".

  • What's the total amount of doors to escape?

    • Enter the number 040 into the lock.

Level 30

  • Use the buttons to light all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE".

  • Click the left button to select a letter, then click the right button to turn the selected letter on or off.

  • Press the left button once to select the first letter, E, press it twice to select the second letter S, press it three times to select the third letter C, etc.

Level 31

  • Read the sign that says "we see".

  • Note the bottom button is labeled with the letter n.

  • This is another compass level, but the positions of the cardinal directions have been inverted.

  • So the order of the first word is West-East and the order of the second word is South-East-East.

  • Press the buttons in the following order to open the door: Right, Left, Up, Left, Left.

Level 32

  • Read the sign that says "roufwotneves".

  • Unscramble the letters to spell out four two seven.

  • Enter the combination 4-2-7 into the lock.

Level 33

  • Light all of the letters in the word "ESCAPE".

  • Clicking one letter will also affect another letter that is two spaces over to the left or right, but not change the letter directly next to it.

    • To open the door, press only the letter C and the letter A.

Level 34

  • Press the left button to light the first letter in "ESCAPE.

  • Clicking the far right button will move the light one letter to the right and clicking the middle button will move the light one letter to the left.

  • Start by clicking the left button to light the left E, then press the right button to move it all the way to the right E.

  • Click the left button to light the left E again, ten press the right button to move it to the letter P this time.

  • Repeat the process until all of the letters are lit.

Level 35

  • Read the sign that says "123..."

  • Note how there are a series of buttons labeled with the letters o, t, f, s, e, and n.

    • The buttons represent the first letters of the all the words from one to ten.

    • Press them in numeric order to open the door: o-t-t-f-f-s-s-e-n-t.

Level 36

  • Read the sign that says "4x knock up".

  • You have to knock upwards on the door by clicking the bottom and then gradually clicking higher.

Level 37

  • Read the sign that says "1x1, 2x2".

  • From left to right, click the first letter E once, the second letter S twice, the third letter C three times, the fourth letter A four times, the fifth letter P five times, and the sixth letter E six times

Level 38

  • Read the sign that says "40x".

  • Light the sections of the lock to spell out the word "ESCAPE".

  • Screenshot.

Level 39

  • Use the buttons to light up all of the letters in "ESCAPE".

  • Press the middle button to turn on the letter A.

  • Click the left button to move the light left, or click the right button to move it right.

  • Continue to click the middle button to turn on the letter A again and move the light left or right until all of the letters are lit.

Level 40

  • Note the buttons labeled with various letters and numbers.

  • Press the buttons in order to spell out the title of the game, 4-0-x-e-s-c-a-p-e.

  • Congratulations, you win!

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There's a spelling error of the backwards "two" in room 32

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I found everything nifty except level 29. Too many interpretations for me. Still, awesome game.

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Some of the puzzles were a bit TOO cryptic and vague. I'm not that good at solving puzzles, but I look at the solutions for some of them, and I still don't really see how I was supposed to figure them out on my own. Still, this is an extremely polished and clever game, and I can see the amount of effort that was put in it.

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Another clever idea Bart, liked it ;)

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Er, on level 9,

how long do I have to not move? None of the letters are lighting up. I feel like I'm missing something very silly.

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della,

Mine took about 3 seconds of waiting for the first letter and maybe 10 seconds total for the whole sign. It doesn't take very long at all to work.

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I don't think it was the author's intent to spell the words exactly backwards, given that two is "tow" and four is "fuor".

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Small walkthrough correction for level 27:

Actually pressing the fourth button four times is enough to pass the level :)

[D'oh! Fixed, thanks :) -Trinn]

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This right here, is what I'm looking for. Kudos to the game author. Original, Intuitive and kept me going all the way to 40.

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Bart always comes up with the goods. It's like his Factory Balls but for escape-the-room games.
Clean graphics, simple game navigation, challenging levels.

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After playing all the games, this one turns out to be my favourite.

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Another BB game keeps me entertained till the end.

For me there were two points. First, there were a lot of recurring themes. Once you'd done one, the others were obvious:

Press a button to light up, press a different one to move it. Rinse. Repeat.

Number Anagrams.

The answer is this level.

Secondly, the notes sometimes gave away too much, fe I would have made '4 knock up', just say '4 up'.

Still, that aside it was entertaining, and a well made game. I can see this being hard to beat.

Oh, and lvl 9 made me laugh.

I played this while eating my lunch, did level 8, decided to take a mouthful or two of food, then heard the door open. Saw the 'don't move' sign and smiled.

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Oof. Maybe it's due to using Chrome? But yeah Level 9:

Nothing is happening. Not within 3 seconds, not within 60 seconds. Oh dear.

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Unowninator Author Profile Page September 5, 2012 1:26 PM

Level 9 isn't working for me either. I've waited at least a minute or 2 & nothing happened. BTW, I'm using Internet Explorer.

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Re: level 9

I had the same problem the first time around. So, I stopped the game and came back to it later. This time, knowing what was coming up, I didn't move my mouse at all after clicking the "next level button" to leave level 8. Then, it progressed very smoothly.

I don't think it has to do the the browser, though. Different results on same browser (Firefox).

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Unowninator Author Profile Page September 5, 2012 2:13 PM

^ Exactly, how long did you wait? Maybe I'm just being impatient.

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hyperkinetic Author Profile Page September 5, 2012 2:33 PM

I'm using Firefox and yeah, level 9 nothing happens no matter how long I wait. I even tried restarting it.

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To everyone that had a problem with level 9, I couldn't reproduce the problem, but I think I know what was causing it. There is now a new version online that should solve it.
Could someone that had a problem with level 9 confirm this please? Thanks!
(note: to verify you are playing the fixed version of the game, there is now a small 'v1.1' indication in the opening screen with the ad in the big pink ball)

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Isn't hard, isn't original. It even repeats itself.

It's still extremely fun. :D

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Unowninator Author Profile Page September 5, 2012 4:45 PM

Well Bart, you fixed the glitch, but I had to start over from level 1. Just thought you'd like to know. Thanks for fixing it.

On an unrelated note, how do I reply to specific comments like elle did?

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Yes, working now. Thanks!

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Reply commenting is presently an admin-only function. I hope to introduce it to everyone else soon. Thanks for your patience. :)

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Very good game, wish there were more levels! Did have to look at the walkthrough for some of them, though. Anyway, good luck, Bart, and thanks for the bird!

Thomas.

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I agree with JD Peach...not original, repeats itself, yet fun to play. I found the puzzles too easy...from a person that always finds games hard. It's not truly an "escape" game in its purest form, more like "Play" than any point-and-click escape game.

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hyperkinetic Author Profile Page September 5, 2012 6:29 PM

The puzzles were mostly iterations of the same thing and as a result easy but it became almost relaxing to just get into the groove of solving them. Kind of a Hoshi Saga super-lite, but not as technically advanced. Could have done a bit more with it and made it less on-the-nose in tying into the escape theme, but it was simple and fun.

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crashlanding Author Profile Page September 6, 2012 12:24 PM

That was a really disappointing entry from bart bonte. Extremely unoriginal - it was essentially roooooms, but with terrible, repetitive puzzles.
I normally like the games from this developer, but this was really rather poor.

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I agree that it's stuff that we've seen before in say games like 100 floors - but I honestly don't see anything bad or wrong with that. Especially when Barte puts his own special touch to it. It was a very smart move to limit it to 40, but I do admit it might have been funner if there was some inventory that you may or may not have to interact with.

Good Luck!

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What's simple on the surface might be quite clever in its experimentation. I wonder if this was not Bonte trying to limit players with these puzzles as much as it was the designer limiting himself and then having fun with the puzzles he could create with just "escape" and a few buttons.

While we've seen Doooors and 100 Floors before, the environments in the rooms of those games could change almost dramatically. This game sticks to the same few ingredients then does everything possible to mix those few things up each round.

Almost like Ted Allen was in the background calling out "12 levels to go. Anything not on the game will not reach the judges after that."

I agree, I would've preferred for the puzzles to be more tricksy and varied, but I really did enjoy that certain less-is-more style that is unmistakably Bart Bonte.

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I started out really liking this one. While it may not be original, it does manage to feel fresh compared to a lot of the other entries in this competition.

That said, by the time I got to level 25 I was bored. I couldn't help not escaping (pun not intended, but I'll take it) the feeling that I'd seen everything the game had to offer. This feeling started earlier, probably around level 10 or so, but I pushed through because I enjoyed the feel of the game. By 25 I was done.

From reading the comments I seem to be in the minority, but for me this game just doesn't shake things up often enough to stay interesting for 40 levels. It may be there's something amazing waiting for me deeper into the game, but I just can't bring myself to keep going.

I do really like the presentation, with the little bird flying around. It's very clean and nice to look at. All in all a very good entry, just not one that kept me engaged all the way through.

Thanks for sharing and good luck with the competition. Looks like you've managed to connect with a lot of people on this one.

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Very Bonte
Very Good

simple do able and just very neatly done

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I don't know how do pass level 27!!

Comment how you pass it when you get this!!

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Hi, Wesley. You can find the solution to that level in the walkthrough above the comments.

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Bonte, you're a genius. Now get away from here!!

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At the very first level my first thought was that

there was some pattern to Mr. Birdy's skittering over the letters I was supposed to decipher

Then I realized I was vastly overthinking it and breezed through the 40 levels. I guess playing too many puzzle games ends up twisting your mind to expect the worst.

So, so, easy mini-puzzles are not really my cup of tea, and I concur with the repetitiveness criticism. Mr. Birdy was cute, though.

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yes. i like this. and i have realised how fun it is to colour in digital letters/numbers. i think this is the best one, but arent you like a famous person? i thought this game competition was for unknowns? anyway, its the best one, thanks :)

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This game is very nicely done. I particularly liked that each puzzle is short and to the point. Most puzzles aren't too hard, only two that I needed help for. Also, the little bird has a very unique Bonte touch, and the interface is very clean, which only adds to the game.

The only possible issue I have is the repetition in the theme of the puzzles, as if the creator ran out of ideas for puzzles. Luckily, it affects only a couple of puzzles, so it is not a major issue for me. But perhaps it would have been better to reduce the number of puzzles to, say, 30.

Given the limited amount of time for creating games for the competition, five stars from me.

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librarysmiles Author Profile Page September 29, 2012 6:05 AM

Much enjoyed! Thanks!

Guess I needed a clue-by-four because the two levels I had problems with were 27 with the 4x4 and again in 37- got the first three letters by accident and then couldn't figure out the 4x4. :P

Loved the little bird; wished birds flew out of my workplace as quickly as the yellow bird in this game!

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Far from the best I've seen from Bonte. Contains about 4 or 5 tricks that are reheated and served again about 10 or 8 times respectively. Couldn't be bothered not to look at the walkthrough.

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This was great!!

I only had trouble in a few spots ... I don't know if I would ever have gotten 25 without a walkthrough. I was overthinking it ...

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PS: Sorry if this is harsh, but I always find it *incredible* that so many people feel compelled to put their two cents in (i.e., bash the developer) when (1) they're playing a free game and (2) they probably couldn't design anything remotely as good themselves ... ??

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houseworkisevil Author Profile Page October 8, 2012 11:29 PM

I liked it! I thought it was very original, and it scored just right on the swear-o-meter, in that profanity escaped (pun intended) my lips several times (but fewer than 40), but not so many times as to frighten the cat. Bravo!

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vulpisfoxfire Author Profile Page October 9, 2012 2:39 AM

@Lynne ...other than the fact that this was presented as part of a competition, where critique and criticism is to be expected, especially in comparison to other games of the genre?

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Hi Lynn,

As Vulpisfoxfire pointed out, this game was part of our Casual Gameplay Design Competition #10, which is why you see so many people putting in their two cents. They're not trying to bash, just offer feedback that, most likely, goes with their voting.

That said, we welcome comments on all the games we feature. Thank you, also, for sharing your thoughts! It helps us reviewers to know what members of the JIG community like, and why you like it, so we can keep finding games that you'll enjoy. :)

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I enjoyed playing this game. Not as much as I enjoyed the Factory Balls games, but it was still a pleasant experience.

I was kind of hoping that there would be something a little more unexpected in the levels. For example,

Using the birdy as a clue or clickable, or prying off a letter from "escape" to use as some sort of crowbar tool to get the door open.

Guess that would be the sort of escape game I'd make if I could make them though. Where you'd do a puzzle to find an axe and just chop through the wall or something :D

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@Lynne

And even without the competition: why would I limit what I have to say about a game to only the positive feedback? If a game makes an impression - be it a good one, a bad one, or as is mostly the case, a mixed one - I might as well be honest about it. I think any developer would welcome both the positive and negative things that people who play their games run into.

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I don't think the bird was "with me"

I think I am the bird. It all makes sense now!

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I was actually quite disappointed by how easy this was. It was definitely a case of quantity over quality. It was still a fun game, but of the 40 levels to escape, there were only maybe 15 that required a unique strategy to complete. The rest were copy cats

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